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No Choice But Church?: N.J. City Police Taking Some Curfew Violators To Houses Of Worship

A New Jersey city is punishing some curfew violators by sending them to church – and doesn’t view that policy as a constitutional problem.

This summer, Trenton is trying to crack down on children who violate the city’s curfew. According to a media report, city law enforcement said that beginning July 1, anyone under 18 found on the street between midnight and 6 a.m. can be dropped off by police at a local church.

Religious Test?: Email Hack Reveals Democrats Discussed Attacking Bernie Sanders’ Religious Beliefs

As the Democratic National Convention gets underway this week in Philadelphia, the Democratic National Committee is reeling from an email hacking scandal that exposed an insider discussion to possibly attack U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) over his religious beliefs.

Bad Idea: Trump Repeats Call To Let Churches Endorse Candidates

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reiterated his desire to change a federal law that prohibits houses of worship from endorsing candidates during his speech last night at the Republican National Convention (RNC).  

Trump said:

“At this moment, I would like to thank the evangelical community who have been so good to me and so supportive. You have so much to contribute to our politics, yet our laws prevent you from speaking your minds from your own pulpits.

Cruz Control?: Texas Senator Says Religious Freedom Protects Atheists, Muslims

It should surprise no one that U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) mentioned religious freedom in his speech to the Republican National Convention last night. The former presidential candidate won the Values Voter Summit straw poll three years running and was widely regarded as the Religious Right’s favored candidate when he first entered the race.

No Compassion: Far-Right Catholic Group Gloats Over Defeat Of Bill To Help Victims Of Clerical Abuse

A few days ago, I receive the July-August issue of Catalyst, the newsletter of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

If you’re not familiar with the Catholic League, it’s a right-wing outfit that exists mainly to scream loudly anytime anyone anywhere dares to criticize the clerical leaders in the Catholic Church or the political goals of the bishops. The group, based in New York City, is run by William Donohue, a man who, when it comes to the issue of sexual abuse of minors by priests, is either deliberately provocative or remarkably tone deaf.

A Religion Tax In Nevada?: Americans United Tells State High Court Not To Force Taxpayers To Pay For Sectarian Education

Last summer, Nevada’s governor, Brian Sandoval, signed S.B. 302 into law, establishing the largest school-voucher program in the country.

Gingrich Gambit: Bashing Muslims Fails To Secure Veep Slot For Former Speaker

Newt Gingrich will not be Donald Trump’s running mate, but for a while he thought he could be. Last night, faced with a bloody attack in Nice, France, and the knowledge Trump would likely choose Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to be his running mate, Gingrich made one last bid for the mogul’s affection.

Picking Pence: Trump Veep Choice Has Cozy Relationship With The Religious Right

Donald Trump has announced that he plans to put Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on his ticket. This selection signals that Trump, a controversial real estate mogul and reality TV star, is continuing his aggressive courting of the Religious Right, in the hopes of achieving victory this fall.

Whether it will work remains to be seen. In the meantime, here are some things to keep in mind about Pence: